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Wisden Names Kohli ‘Leading Cricketer’

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Dharamsala: Indian Captain Virat Kohli with the ICC Test Championship mace and cheque at a ceremony after winning the Test match series against Australia at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on March 28, 2017. Indian cricket team has retained the ICC Test Championship mace and also won a cash award of USD one million for holding on to the top position in the Test Team rankings on the annual April 1 cut-off date. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS) by .
Indian Captain Virat Kohli with the ICC Test Championship mace and cheque at a ceremony after winning the Test match series against Australia at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

India skipper Virat Kohli was named the ‘Leading Cricketer in the World’ for 2016 by this year’s edition of Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, which is published this week….reports Asian Lite News

Dharamsala: Indian Captain Virat Kohli with the ICC Test Championship mace and cheque at a ceremony after winning the Test match series against Australia at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on March 28, 2017. Indian cricket team has retained the ICC Test Championship mace and also won a cash award of USD one million for holding on to the top position in the Test Team rankings on the annual April 1 cut-off date. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS) by .
Indian Captain Virat Kohli with the ICC Test Championship mace and cheque at a ceremony after winning the Test match series against Australia at Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The 28-year-old Indian amassed 1,215 Test runs at a healthy average of 75.93 while producing 739 runs at 92.37 in One-day Internationals (ODI) besides scoring 641 runs at 106.83 in T20 Internationals.

Under his watch, India completed a clean sweep of trophies in the Test, ODI and T20 series against England in 2016-17, with his 235 against England in the fourth Test at Mumbai confirming him, in Wisden editor Lawrence Booth’s words, as “the spiritual successor to Sachin Tendulkar”.

“Virat Kohli, who features on the cover of the 2017 edition of the Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack, is also the Leading Cricketer in the World for 2016, an accolade put in place in 2003 when Ricky Ponting became the first honouree,” Wisden announced.

Kohli had earlier won the prestigious ‘Polly Umrigar award’ presented to the ‘International Cricketer of the Year’ at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Annual Awards.

Kohli is the third Indian to win an award that has been running since 2003, and which covers all formats of the international game in the preceding calendar year. Virender Sehwag won it twice, in 2008 and 2009, and Tendulkar once, in 2010.

Besides the Indian, two Pakistan cricketers — Misbah-ul-Haq and Younis Khan — have been named in the list of the five ‘Cricketers of the Year’ for the first time since 1997. The other three in the list are Ben Duckett, Toby Roland-Jones and Chris Woakes.

Australia’s Ellyse Perry was named the leading woman cricketer in the world.